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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Photos of the Week (03/11/12)

Photos of the Week


1)
Two women cry after laying flowers where a house once stood in the tsunami devastated Yuriage district, Natori city, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, March 11. Japan marks the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake that killed almost 20,000 people.  Photo: Franck Robichon / EPA


2) Wall of water: This combination photograph shows one of the most noted images from the March 11, 2011, Japanese tsunami -- a defense wall in Miyako being overwhelmed by the wall of water thrown up by a magnitude 9.0 offshore earthquake, one of the largest on record. The second photo was taken on Feb. 17, 2012. Miyako City, Toru Hanai / Reuter


3) A man holds a gun as Tulsa County sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement officers surround him on the plaza in front of the Tulsa County courthouse in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on March 7, 2012. Tulsa County sheriff's Sgt. Shannon Clark told NBC News on Wednesday that the suspect was in critical condition. The  23-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after he opened fire outside the Tulsa County Courthouse, police said. Three people were injured. Police said the man, identified as Andrew Joseph Dennehy, walked into the plaza outside the courthouse and Tulsa City-County Libraryand began firing into the air. A deputy fired back, police said. Photos: John Fancher / Reuters


4) Illinois gun owners and supporters participate in an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day rally at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)


5) Paul Tennesen, of Madison, carries a recall Walker license plate at a rally Saturday at the state Capitol. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Gary Porter


6) Graves of British soldiers who fought and died during the North African desert battles of WWII were recently desecrated by a mob of angry Libyans. Local reports claimed that Islamists, angered by the recent burning of a Quran at a NATO military base in Afghanistan, are to blame. Photo: Manu Brabo / AP


7) Polling station officials clash with topless members of Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN at a polling station in Moscow. Written on the bodies of the radically anti-Putin protesters is the slogan "I steal for Putin", referring to their symbolic act of trying to steal votes. Vladimir Putin won a resounding victory in Russia's presidential election last Sunday, exit polls showed, securing a new six-year term in the Kremlin and a mandate to deal with opposition protests after a vote that opponents said was marred by fraud. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)


8) An Iranian war veteran who was exposed to chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq War waits in line to vote while carrying a tank of oxygen to breathe. The 9th 'majlis' or election of parliament was held March 2, 2012, in Tehran, Iran. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, engaged in a power struggle between conservative factions and anxious that a high turnout could bolster his legitimacy at home and abroad, said this was Iran's most important election ever. Pooyan Tabatabaei/for the Toronto Star


9) Hokom Al, a disabled woman, uses her foot to pour coffee which she prepared for neighbours at her home in a rural area near Khartoum, Sudan, on March 7, 2012. The 45 year old was born without hands. Here, she uses her mouth to hang clothes to dry in a rural area in Khartoum on March 7. Photos: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah / Reuters


10) The skeletal remains of Patty Robinson are seen at the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility in San Marcos, Texas on Feb. 9, 2012. Robinson donated her body for research at the school. At the facility, forensic pathologists observe the decomposition process in natural surroundings to see how corpses react to sun and shade, whether they decay differently on the surface or below ground and what sort of creatures — from large to microscopic — are involved. Photo: David J. Phillip / AP


11) A towering dust devil casts a serpentine shadow over the Martian surface in this image, acquired on Feb. 16 by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Univ. of Arizona


12) An aurora borealis swirls in the sky over the Yukon River village of Ruby, Alaska, a checkpoint of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 9. Photo: Marc Lester / The Anchorage Daily News via AP


13) People push a bottlenose whale in an attempt to save it at Colcura beach near Concepcion city, some 311 miles south of Santiago March 7, 2012. The bottlenose whale which was dragged to the sea with a fishing boat, according to local media. Photo: Jose Luis Saavedra / Reuters


14) A boy hugs a greyhound that will be placed in temporary foster care at his home in Los Angeles Feb. 11, 2012. Fast Friends, a greyhound adoption group based outside Los Angeles, is committed to finding homes for retired greyhounds from the Caliente racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico. Photo: Erin Siegal / Reuters


15) Thousands of spiders build new webs after floodwaters forced them to move to higher ground, in Wagga Wagga, Australia on March 6, 2012. Photo: Lukas Coch / EPA


16) A man displays a two-headed turtle 'Testudo horsfieldi' at National Museum of natural history in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, March 5, 2012. Besides the two heads, look again,  the reptile has six legs. Photo: Efrem Lukatsky / AP


17) Children and parents are dwarfed by a whale shark as it passes by inside a tank March 6, 2012 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. The whale shark is the largest living fish species. Photo: Don Emmert / AFP - Getty Images


18) A great gray owl perches on a branch in a neighborhood park on Friday, March 9, 2012, in south Anchorage, Alaska. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says the owl's distinctive facial disk and its feathers help direct sounds toward its ear openings, and that it can hear mice and other rodents under two feet of snow. Bird watchers have reported repeated sightings of the normally reclusive great gray owl in Anchorage throughout the winter. Photo:Dan Joling / AP


19) A 3-week-old gray squirrel suffered bruising to her leg and was separated from her mother when she fell from a tree last week. The squirrel, named Violet, endured the ordeal when the branch that held her nest was cut down. Fortunately, the couple cutting down the tree spotted Violet and immediately phoned the Wildlife Aid Foundation for advice on what to do. The foundation, based in the English town of Leatherhead, took Violet in and have been feeding her a special milk formula, similar to what her mother would have provided. Photo: Tim Goode / Solent News & Photo Agency


20) Cash Hadley kisses a goat at the Miracle Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The event caters to special needs children and adults and helps to kick off the Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo this weekend. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Amanda Sowards)


21) Britain's Prince Harry, right, and Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt run during a mock race in Kingston, Jamaica, Tuesday March 6, 2012. The Prince was in Jamaica as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour in honor of Queen Elizabeth II who celebrates 60 years on the throne. His visit comes as the new prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has called anew for the severing of ties with the British monarchy. (AP Photo/Collin Reid). So who won the race? 


22) Britain's Prince Harry wins against Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt, seen rear, by making a false start, Tuesday March 6 2012 at a mock race at the University of the West Indies, in Jamaica. Harry is touring the Caribbean as part of a Diamond Jubilee tour in honor of Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates 60 years on the throne.  (AP PhotoJohn Stillwell/PA)


23) A Nightlight's Thomas Taylor (2nd right) runs to head a goal as Philadelphia Killawatts' team members chase him with stun guns during an Ultimate Tak Ball (UTB) game in Bangkok on March 2, 2012. Photo: Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters. Watch video.


24) Sisters Bailey Lessard (left),12, and Blake Lessard, 10, of Waterford said they loved dressing up and being able to cheer during the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin's 46th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Milwaukee. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo:  Michael Sears


25) Judge Roberto Castenega of Argentina, samples the aroma of one of the entries in the Semi-soft Goat's Milk Cheese category during the opening day of the World Championship Cheese Contest at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wis. on Monday, March 5, 2012. More than 2,500 entries were udged throughout the three day gathering, sponsored every two years by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)


26) Bill Schlingsog, left, of Middleton, Wis., passes off the championship trophy to Peter Piersma, a judge and representing the Netherlands, at the 2012 World Champion Cheese Contest Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Madison, Wis. The top winning gouda was made by Freisland Campina company in Wolvega, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)


27) Patrons sample cheeses during the final judging at the 2012 World Champion Cheese Contest Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Madison, Wis. As a growing number of foodies try to outdo one another in their pursuit of local, sustainable, organic and handcrafted fare, the artisan cheese competition has become a hot ticket for those looking to get their gouda on. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)


28) A 30-foot replica of Michelangelo's David is parked in front of the Storefront for Art and Architecture on March 6 in the Soho area of New York.  The statue was in New York City for one day on its way to a museum in LouisvilleKentucky. Photo: Stan Honda / AFP - Getty Images


29) Ananda Marchildon opens a bottle during a meeting with the press at her lawyers office in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Marchildon, a former winner of the television show "Holland's Next Top Model" has won a lawsuit against Elite Model Management after she was dropped for having hips the agency considered too large. (AP Photo/Evert Elzinga)


30) Married actors William H. Macy, left, and Felicity Huffman share a kiss after a rare double star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The only other couple to be honored with stars on the same day were film producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Richard Donner on October 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)


31) A pregnant Jessica Simpson is pictured on the cover of the April 2012 issue of Elle magazine. Photo: Carter Smith / Hearst Magazines via Reuters. The pose should look familiar.


32) An exotic dancer gets the attention of her audience as she performs during the 2012 Sex and Entertainment Expo in Mexico City on March 2. Photo: Alexandre Meneghini / AP


33) YIKES! Maria Jose Cristerna, a mother of four, tattoo artist and former lawyer, poses for a photograph in Guadalajara March 8, 2012. Cristerna, dubbed "Vampire Woman," prefers to be identified as "Jaguar Woman." Cristerna got her first tattoo when she was 14 and decided to physically transform herself after having gone through 10 years of domestic violence in her first marriage. Photos: Alejandro Acosta / Reuters


34) Freeze frame!


AND FINALLY,


The Smithsonian magazine's 9th annual photo contest finalists have been chosen. The contest attracted over 14 thousand photographers from all 50 states and over 100 countries. Fifty finalists from 67,059 images were selected by Smithsonian editors. Those editors will also choose the Grand Prize Winner and the winners in each of the five categories which include The Natural World, Americana, People, Travel and Altered Images.

Take a look.

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